Bungalow Mathugama is a gorgeous forest dwelling designed by architect Narein Perera that “touches the earth lightly.” Standing tall on stilts in the Sri Lankan jungle, the breezy structure has minimal impact on the ground below. The residence is made from steel, timber and locally sourced bamboo, and its shape pays homage to traditional Chena watch-huts.
Bungalow Mathugama stands between a rubber plantation and the start of a jungle in the Sri Lankan region of Kalutara. The light and opening building stands on a series of convergent steel supports located at various heights on the ground. Made from steel, timber and local fast-growing bamboo, the bungalow is topped by an A-line roof that shelters the three levels below.
An external stairway links all three levels of the bungalow, and each of the bedrooms has privacy while still remaining exposed to the great outdoors. Keeping tradition alive, this stunning elevated refuge pays homage to the ‘Chena watch-hut’ used by Sri Lankan farmers for watching over their crops during the night.
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Photos by Narein Perera